Our expert says:
You have identified one of the great problems associated with weight loss in SA. There are hundreds and hundreds of products which are sold to the public, which promise miraculous weight loss without a whole host of checks and balances: a) list of ingredients and what effects they may have b) name and address of the manufacturer so that you can obtain information or complain if the product does not work or has negative side-effects c) any real control of such products. If you want to have the tea tested then you would have to approach the CSIR or SABS and pay for the analysis which would be very expensive. I would suggest that you phone the Dept of Health in Pta and ask who you can report this product to. Try phoning the Labelling Division at: (012) 312-0164. The tea probably contains herbs that have a diuretic and/or laxative effect which will result in loss of water not fat. I would strongly advise you to stop using it as it may cause dehydration and/or loss of normal bowel function. To lose weight you basically need to eat a low-fat, high-fibre diet (click on 'Diet' and 'Weight loss' and 'Slimming Diet' for a copy), and combine it with your regular exercise.
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